2023 Tangle on the Trail Recap 1-7-23

Saturday January 7, 2023

From Pontotoc HS

Pontotoc, MS

(B) West Union Eagles 16-3 (1A Myrtle, MS) 69 OT

McNairy Central Bobcats 5-6 (3A Selmer, TN) 65

Notes: I know this is going to be a very unpopular opinion here but this game was the best game I saw at the Tangle. Yes, Biloxi/Starkville was a heavyweight fight that lived up to the billing but this was an early morning opening game that was awesome. Both teams did everything they could to win this overtime game. Mistakes were very limited and it was some great basketball. Greer Manning (5-11 ’24 F West Union 14 pts (6 in OT) 4-5 ft (in OT) 6 reb 3 ast 2 st) stepped up in OT to help his guys get the win. Cole Morris Willard (’24 G West Union 17 pts 1 three 1 reb 2 ast) connected on the buzzer beater to send the game to overtime. McNairy Central got very balanced production from the Bobcats.

West Union (traveled 24 miles) 69

’23’s

Trey Haynes 5-8 G 8 pts (in 2nd half) 1 three 4 reb 1 ast

Daniel Conlee 6-0 F 13 pts 3 3’s 4 reb 2 ast

’24’s

Cole Morris Willard G 17 pts 1 three 1 reb 2 ast

Greer Manning 5-11 F 14 pts (6 in OT) 4-5 ft (in OT) 6 reb 3 ast 2 st

’26’s

Jon Grey Morrisson 6-4 G/F 8 pts 4-5 ft 3 reb 1 ast 2 st

McNairy Central (traveled 87 miles) 65

’23’s

Nate Moore 6-0 12 pts 2 reb 5 ast

Simon Whitaker 6-2 9 pts 1-1 ft 6 reb 1 charge taken

’24’s

Ethan Johnston PG 16 pts 4 3’s 2 reb 1 st

Jabari Melton 6-2 F 11 pts 4 reb 1 ast 3 blk

’25’s

Tanner Kirk 15 pts 1 three 4-4 ft 6 reb 2 ast 1 st

MVP

Greer Manning

West Union

5-11 ’24 F

14 pts (6 in OT) 4-5 ft (in OT) 6 reb 3 ast 2 st

Katie Roberts Photography

Senior Snapshot

Daniel Conlee

West Union

6-0 ’23 F

13 pts 3 3’s 4 reb 2 ast


(B) South Pontotoc Cougars 17-2 (4A Pontotoc, MS) 55

North Side Gators 3-8 (2A Shelby, MS) 41

Notes: Pacey Mathews (6-3 ’24 F South Pontotoc 34 pts (20 in 2nd half) 14 reb 1 ast 1 blk 1 st) had a dominant performance in the win for South Pontotoc. This North Side team will also be a team to keep an eye on in the 2A playoffs. They looked pretty impressive facing adversity in the loss.

South Pontotoc (traveled 7 miles) 55

’23’s

Brailon Walls 5-10 G 3 pts 2 reb 3 ast 1 st 3 charges taken

’24’s

Braydon Gazaway 6-2 G 10 pts 2 3’s 1 reb 2 st

Pacey Mathews 6-3 F 34 pts (20 in 2nd half) 14 reb 1 ast 1 blk 1 st

North Side (traveled 117 miles) 41

Lamont White 13 pts (10 in 4th qtr) 2 3’s 3-3 ft 4 reb 2 st 1 charge taken

’23’s

Lakedrick James 6 pts 2-2 ft 5 reb 1 bl k1 st

Jordan McKnight 6-3 F 12 pts 3 reb 5 st

MVP

Pacey Mathews

South Pontotoc

6-3 ’24 F

34 pts (20 in 2nd half) 14 reb 1 ast 1 blk 1 st

Katie Roberts Photography

Senior Snapshot

Jordan McKnight

North Side

6-3 ’23 F

12 pts 3 reb 5 st


(B) New Hope Trojans 11-6 (5A Columbus, MS) 51

Gentry Rams 6-11 (4A Indianola, MS) 37

Notes: Lonnie Shinn (6-5 ’25 F New Hope 18 pts 3 3’s 3 reb) helped New Hope get the win over a scrappy Gentry squad.

New Hope (traveled 80 miles) 51

’23’s

Mathew Stennis 6-1 G 8 pts 2 3’s 6 reb

’24’s

Issace Grady 6-4 G/F 4 pts 6 reb 1 ast

’25’s

Lonnie Shinn 6-5 F 18 pts 3 3’s 3 reb

Wilton Bush 6-3 G 4 pts 2-2 ft 3 reb 1 ast 2 st

Jahden Smith 6-2 F 9 pts 1-1 ft 2 reb

’26’s

TJ Warren 6-2 G 5 pts 1 three 1 reb 6 ast 1 st

Gentry (traveled 133 miles) 37

’23’s

Tra’Dareon Millbrooks 6-4 F 10 pts 6 reb 1 blk 3 st

’24’s

Xacarious Johnson 10 pts 2 3’s 2 reb 1 ast

’26’s

Makheal Blackmon 8 pts 2 3’s 2 blk 1 st

MVP

Lonnie Shinn

New Hope

6-5 ’25 F

18 pts 3 3’s 3 reb

Katie Roberts Photography

Senior Snapshot

Tra’Dareon Millbrooks

Gentry

6-4 ’23 F

10 pts 6 reb 1 blk 3 st


(B) Horn Lake Eagles 18-1 (6A Horn Lake, MS) 66

Moss Point Tigers 7-12 (4A Moss Point, MS) 35

Notes: This was my first time seeing the Pernell twins and they looked pretty impressive in the win. Kyren “Ky” Pernell (6-3 ’23 G Horn Lake 21 pts 3 3’s 2 ast 4 st) earned the MVP award and Kylen “Dimp” Pernell (6-3 ’23 G Horn Lake 19 pts 3 3’s 2 reb 2 ast 1 st) was right there with him in the running. Kendrick Osby (6-7 ’23 G/F Moss Point 23 pts (13 in 2nd half) 7-10 ft 10 reb 1 blk 2 st) had a big game for the younger Tigers.

Horn Lake (traveled 93 miles) 66

’23’s

Connor Simms 6-5 F 11 pts 1-1 ft 2 reb 1 ast 1 blk 1 st

Kylen “Dimp” Pernell 6-3 G 19 pts 3 3’s 2 reb 2 ast 1 st

Kyren “Ky” Pernell 6-3 G 21 pts 3 3’s 2 ast 4 st

’24’s

John Randle 6-5 F 5 pts 6 reb 1 ast

’26’s

Loghan Johnson 5-8 PG 2 reb 4 ast 1 st

Moss Point (traveled 295 miles) 35

’23’s

Kendrick Osby 6-7 G/F 23 pts (13 in 2nd half) 7-10 ft 10 reb 1 blk 2 st

’25’s

Jujuan Nettles 6-0 5 pts 3 reb 1 ast 1 st

Quey’Sean Taylor 6-4 PF 6 pts 7 reb 1 ast 1 st

MVP

Kyren “Ky” Pernell

Horn Lake

6-3 ’23 G

21 pts 3 3’s 2 ast 4 st

Katie Roberts Photography

Senior Snapshot

Kylen “Dimp” Pernell

Horn Lake

6-3 ’23 G

19 pts 3 3’s 2 reb 2 ast 1 st

Gerald Snider

Real Deal Player

Kendrick Osby

Moss Point

6-7 ’23 G/F

23 pts (13 in 2nd half) 7-10 ft 10 reb 1 blk 2 st


(B) Biloxi Indians 14-1 (6A Biloxi, MS) 60

Starkville Yellowjackets 14-4 (6A Starkville, MS) 58

Notes: The championship match provided intensity and it came down to the wire. Coach Windham and his guys came to the north to battle the powerhouse contenders and had an impressive showing in the win. Duran Parish (6-3 ’23 G Biloxi 20 pts (10 in 4th qtr) 1 three 3 reb 2 ast 3 st 1 blk) was very smooth in the win for the Indians. Makhi Myles (6-7 ’23 G/F Starkville 19 pts (13 in 2nd half) 1 three 6-6 ft 18 reb 2 blk 1 st) notched a big double-double in the loss.

Biloxi (traveled 309 miles) 60

’23’s

James Turner 6-0 G 12 pts 1 three 2 reb 3 ast 1 charge taken

Duran Parish 6-3 G 20 pts (10 in 4th qtr) 1 three 3 reb 2 ast 3 st 1 blk

Beau Miles 6-4 G/F 9 pts 1 three 1 ast 2 st

’24’s

Dayshawn McGee 6-4 F/C 4 pts 7 reb 2 st

Reggie Conner 6-0 G 9 pts 2 3’s 4 reb 2 ast 2 st 1 charge taken

Starkville (traveled 65 miles) 58

’23’s

Connor Rogers 5-9 G 19 pts 2 3’s 3-3 ft 1 reb 2 ast 1 st 1 charge taken

Makhi Myles 6-7 G/F 19 pts (13 in 2nd half) 1 three 6-6 ft 18 reb 2 blk 1 st

Johnathan Baker 5-10 G 6 pts 2-2 ft 1 reb 2 ast 2 st

MVP

Duran Parish

Biloxi

6-3 ’23 G

20 pts (10 in 4th qtr) 1 three 3 reb 2 ast 3 st 1 blk

Katie Roberts Photography

Senior Snapshot

Connor Rogers

Starkville

5-9 ’23 G

19 pts 2 3’s 3-3 ft 1 reb 2 ast 1 st 1 charge taken

Gerald Snider

Real Deal Player

Makhi Myles

Starkville

6-7 ’23 G/F

19 pts (13 in 2nd half) 1 three 6-6 ft 18 reb 2 blk 1 st


(B) Pontotoc Warriors 11-2 (4A Pontotoc, MS) 59

Holmes County Central Jaguars 7-10 (5A Lexington, MS) 46

Notes: The home standing Warriors showed out for the crowd to protect home court. Adin Johnson (’23 G Pontotoc 17 pts (11 in 2nd half) 2 3’s 3-4 ft 12 reb 2 ast 2 st 1 charge taken) played big with his double-double. Zane Tipler (5-7 ’23 PG Pontotoc 13 pts (8 in 2nd qtr) 5-7 ft 9 reb 4 ast 2 st) and Tyler Shephard (6-1 ’23 G Pontotoc 15 pts (9 in 2nd qtr) 7 reb 2 ast 2 st 2 blk) had solid games for the running Warriors. Larmarcus Crawford (6-4 ’23 G/F Holmes County Central 14 pts 3 3’s 9 reb 1 ast 3 blk) had a near double-double in the loss for the Jaguars.

Pontotoc (home team) 59

’23’s

Zane Tipler 5-7 PG 13 pts (8 in 2nd qtr) 5-7 ft 9 reb 4 ast 2 st

Adin Johnson G 17 pts (11 in 2nd half) 2 3’s 3-4 ft 12 reb 2 ast 2 st 1 charge taken

Rhett Robinson SF 6 pts 2-2 ft 3 reb 1 ast 1 charge taken

Tyler Shephard 6-1 G 15 pts (9 in 2nd qtr) 7 reb 2 ast 2 st 2 blk

Jack Sansing SG 6 pts 2 3’s 1 re b2 ast 1 charge taken

Holmes County Central (traveled 132 miles) 46

’23’s

Ricarvis Waters 6-2 SG 11 ots (8 in 4th qtr) 1 three 3 reb 1 ast 3 blk 2 st

Larmarcus Crawford 6-4 G/F 14 pts 3 3’s 9 reb 1 ast 3 blk

’24’s

Dillon Jennings 5-6 PG 14 pts 2 3’s 5 reb 1 ast 1 st

’25’s

Javeion Howard 5-11 SG 5 pts 1 three 4 reb 1 st

MVP

Adin Johnson

Pontotoc

’23 G

17 pts (11 in 2nd half) 2 3’s 3-4 ft 12 reb 2 ast 2 st 1 charge taken

Katie Roberts Photography

Senior Snapshot

Zane Tipler

Pontotoc

5-7 ’23 PG

13 pts (8 in 2nd qtr) 5-7 ft 9 reb 4 ast 2 st


(B) Olive Branch Conquistadors 13-2 (6A Olive Branch, MS) 70

Forest Hill Patriots 5-8 (5A Jackson, MS) 41

Notes: OB had a new look to the lineup and I guess it worked in a big win over Forest Hill. Jaylyn Tyler (6-0 ’24 G Olive Branch 15 pts (13 in 2nd qtr) 2 3’s 3-3 ft 4 reb 3 ast) didn’t enter the game until the second quarter and played sparingly the rest of the game but was still dominant in the limited minutes he played.

Olive Branch (traveled 79 miles) 70

’23’s

Kaleb King 6-2 G 7 pts 1 three 3 reb

Trevor Joyner 6-3 F 8 pts 1 three 3 reb 1 st

’24’s

Jaylyn Tyler 6-0 G 15 pts (13 in 2nd qtr) 2 3’s 3-3 ft 4 reb 3 ast

Javion Stephens 8 pts 1 three 4 reb 1 ast

’25’s

Reece Garrison 6-2 G 15 pts 2 3’s 3-4 ft 1 reb 1 ast 2 st 1 charge taken

Forest Hill (traveled 173 miles) 41

’23’s

Jimmy Sheriff 7 pts 1 three 2 reb 1 ast 1 st 1 charge taken

Riyan Nelson 14 pts 2 reb 3 ast 2 blk 1 st

Braden Hughes 6-5 6 pts 4 reb

’26’s

Quintin Wilson 8 pts (5 in 4th qtr) 3 reb 3 st

MVP

Jaylyn Tyler

Olive Branch

6-0 ’24 G

15 pts (13 in 2nd qtr) 2 3’s 3-3 ft 4 reb 3 ast

Katie Roberts Photography

Senior Snapshot

Riyan Nelson

Forest Hill

’23

14 pts 2 reb 3 ast 2 blk 1 st


(B) Cleveland Central Wolves 14-6 (5A Cleveland, MS) 72

Center Hill Mustangs 5-12 (6A Olive Branch, MS) 30

Notes: Cleveland Central ran away in the finale over a very short-handed Center Hill team. Jayden Sampson (6-4 ’24 F Cleveland Central 23 pts (11 in 1st qtr) 5 reb 1 ast 2 blk 3 st) earned the MVP ward with a couple dominant spurts. Tayler Berryhill (5-9 ’24 G Cleveland Central 15 pts (12 in 1st half) 3 3’s 4 reb 5 ast 2 st) was right there in the running for player of the game with Sampson.

Cleveland Central (traveled 124 miles) 72

’24’s

Tony Bradley Jr 6-2 G 4 pts 2 reb 4 ast 1 st

Tayler Berryhill 5-9 G 15 pts (12 in 1st half) 3 3’s 4 reb 5 ast 2 st

Jayden Sampson 6-4 F 23 pts (11 in 1st qtr) 5 reb 1 ast 2 blk 3 st

’25’s

Jayden Seaberry 6-3 F 9 pts 6 reb 1 blk 1 charge taken

Trevion Stokes 5-9 PG 5 reb 2 st

’26’s

Antwon Thomas 6-6 F/C 8 pts 4 reb 1 st

Center Hill (traveled 81 miles) 30

’24’s

Nic Warner 6-2 SG 9 pts 1 three 4-4 ft 2 reb

’25’s

Jhordan Chaffin SG 9 pts 1 three 1 reb 1 st

MVP

Jayden Sampson

Cleveland Central

6-4 ’24 F

23 pts (11 in 1st qtr) 5 reb 1 ast 2 blk 3 st


Boys (Mississippi Only)

Head Coach-The best coaching job that I saw during this time period.

Chico Potts Horn Lake


Best Game-The best game that I saw during this time period.

West Union 69 McNairy Central (TN) 65 Overtime


Top 5 Teams-The top five teams that I saw during this time period.

  1. Biloxi
  2. Starkville
  3. Pontotoc
  4. New Hope
  5. Horn Lake


Magnolia Hoops Head of the Class
The best players in their respective classes that I saw during this time period based on stats.

2023: Makhi Myles 6-7 G/F Starkville
19 pts (13 in 2nd half) 1 three 6-6 ft 18 reb 2 blk 1 st
2024: Pacey Mathews 6-3 F South Pontotoc
34 pts (20 in 2nd half) 14 reb 1 ast 1 blk 1 st
2025: Lonnie Shinn 6-5 F New Hope
18 pts 3 3’s 3 reb
2026: Jon Grey Morrisson 6-4 G/F West Union
8 pts 4-5 ft 3 reb 1 ast 2 st

Magnolia Hoops Starting 5
The top five players that I saw during this time period based on stats.

  1. Pacey Mathews 6-3 ’24 F South Pontotoc
    34 pts (20 in 2nd half) 14 reb 1 ast 1 blk 1 st
  2. Makhi Myles 6-7 ’23 G/F Starkville
    19 pts (13 in 2nd half) 1 three 6-6 ft 18 reb 2 blk 1 st
  3. Kendrick Osby 6-7 ’23 G/F Moss Point
    23 pts (13 in 2nd half) 7-10 ft 10 reb 1 blk 2 st
  4. Adin Johnson ’23 G Pontotoc
    17 pts (11 in 2nd half) 2 3’s 3-4 ft 12 reb 2 ast 2 st 1 charge taken
  5. Jayden Sampson 6-4 ’24 F Cleveland Central
    23 pts (11 in 1st qtr) 5 reb 1 ast 2 blk 3 st

Katie Roberts Photography Senior Squad
The top five seniors that I saw during this time period based on stats.

  1. Makhi Myles 6-7 G/F Starkville
    19 pts (13 in 2nd half) 1 three 6-6 ft 18 reb 2 blk 1 st
  2. Kendrick Osby 6-7 G/F Moss Point
    23 pts (13 in 2nd half) 7-10 ft 10 reb 1 blk 2 st
  3. Adin Johnson G Pontotoc
    17 pts (11 in 2nd half) 2 3’s 3-4 ft 12 reb 2 ast 2 st 1 charge taken
  4. Duran Parish 6-3 G Biloxi
    20 pts (10 in 4th qtr) 1 three 3 reb 2 ast 3 st 1 blk
  5. Zane Tipler 5-7 PG Pontotoc
    13 pts (8 in 2nd qtr) 5-7 ft 9 reb 4 ast 2 st

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